For Immediate Release: 8/21/2017 3:57 pm
Worcester, MA (August 21, 2017) – On Saturday, August 19, 2017, at approximately 6:10 PM, three members of the WPD horseback mounted patrol unit were in the downtown area during the Latin festival. At this time the WPD mounted unit along with three members of the Massachusetts State Police mounted unit responded to a disturbance at the beer tent located in the rear of Worcester Common on Front Street. As the mounted unit arrived, the disturbance had ceased and the participants had left the area.
At this time the mounted unit was walking side by side in a column. A male, later identified as David Pagan, 59-years-old of 6 Florence Street, Worcester, was observed walking towards the middle of the column of horses. As the male closed in, one of the mounted officers asked the male to not walk in-between the horses. The male was asked to walk to the side of the horses.
The male refused the officers request.
The officer asked several more times and explained to step aside for his safety.
The male refused again and continued to close in on the column.
The male continued to ignore all requests and walked in the middle of the horses. Mr. Pagan deliberately placed his shoulder into the chest of one of the horses. The mounted officer reached down, grabbed the collar of Mr. Pagan’s shirt and threw him out in front of the horses.
Mr. Pagan stepped to the side of the horse and got into an aggressive posture by quickly raising his fist in an attempt to punch the horse in the face. The horse instinctively jumped back and away from the male which caused a hazard to Mr. Pagan, the officer and to the horse. The male was then placed under arrest.
As officers attempted to place Mr. Pagan in handcuffs he began to resist and refused the officers commands to comply. After a brief struggle Mr. Pagan was secured. While waiting for the patrol wagon to arrive for transport back to police headquarters, Mr. Pagan began to yell profanities at the officers and created a disturbance to the people at the festival. Mr. Pagan refused to walk towards the patrol wagon. Officers sat Mr. Pagan down. At this time Mr. Pagan began to kick two officers’ that were next to him.
Mr. Pagan was charged with two counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Mistreatment/Interfering with a Police Horse.
Mr. Pagan was arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.